Concealer to Press Forward in 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

February 25th, 2016

Trainer Tony McEvoy has been thrilled with the results posted by Concealer through her short racing career so far and has revealed he would like to see the talented filly settle close to the pace in Saturday’s 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Concealer will settle closer to the pace in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Concealer will settle closer to the pace in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Concealer was given little chance of success in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) on debut in November, but produced a particularly impressive performance to comfortably beat a talented field to the line as a $21 chance.

Resuming in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago, the Nicconi filly savaged the line for a close second behind Samara Dancer and appeared to be searching for the slight distance increase of the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes.

McEvoy was thrilled with Concealer’s allocation of barrier 6 and told Racing Ahead he is hopeful jockey Mark Zahra can find a position close to the pace in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes.

“She will be back,” McEvoy said.

“She is not a speed filly, she settled midfield when she won at Flemington.

“We were back far too far the other day, but the only reason that was because she just made a little mistake at the start and didn’t jump clean.

“I think that was a one off because she hasn’t had any other problems at the barriers.

“I would like to see her jump cleanly and sit in the middle somewhere.

“There will be a bit of pressure there and there will be horses jockeying for position.

“The favourite Extreme Choice – who I rate as clearly the one to beat – will roll forward, but they will be riding him to get the 1200.

“There will be enough speed in it for the horses to finish off if they are good enough.”

While confident she is a legitimate chance of success in the 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes, McEvoy believes the filly will take plenty of benefit from her current campaign leading into major spring targets.

“I know a fair bit about these Nicconi’s, I have bought a lot of them over the years and they are not two-year-olds,” McEvoy said.

“I never even entered her in the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper when they were taken because she was a $25,000 purchase and I thought that she wouldn’t be a two-year-old.

“She has just kept stepping up, but they just keep getting better the Nicconi’s.

“She will love a mile next year and she will be a Guineas filly.”

Concealer is currently available at 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $6 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.